​OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

OF THE SEYMOUR CITY COUNCIL

​SEYMOUR, IOWA--JUNE 5, 2017


Seymour City Council met on the 5th day of June, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers City Hall with Mayor Housh presiding. Present: Merritt, Rembe, Weeks, Absent:  Carter, Housh.


​AGENDA:  Moved by Merritt, seconded by Rembe to approve the agenda. A.V.A.M.C.


​MINUTES: Moved by Rembe, seconded by Weeks to approve the minutes of the May 1, 2017 regular meeting.  A.V.A.M.C.


​FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:  Moved by Weeks, seconded by Merritt to approve the financial statement for May 2017,  A.V.A.M.C.


​PUBLIC HEARING:  At 6:08 p.m. Mayor Housh suspended the regular meeting and opened a public hearing regarding entering into a loan agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $300,000.  After a brief discussion, and with no objections raised from those present, Mayor Housh closed the public hearing at 6:10 p.m. and reconvened the regular meeting.


VISITOR RECOGNITION:  Caryl Hutchinson addressed the council regarding unconfined livestock in her neighborhood.  No official action was taken. 


​POLICE DEPARTMENT:  Officer Carter reported making twenty eight service call, one theft, one arrest and issuing five citations.


FIRE DEPARTMENT:  T. J. Cairns reported one call for the fire department that there had been discussion regarding parking on the sidewalk. 


CITY CREW REPORT: Cairns reported work completed in May, and outlined problems that are being worked on, including the cardboard recycling, flow issues in the main sewer line to the lagoons, parking and speed limit signage for the 2017-2018 school year, painting lines for parking and at stop signs, and tie-outs for the mish.  Also discussed was the condition of the shelter house and bathrooms at the reservoir.  The council was agreeable to the purchase of a Hobart welder to allow for maintenance on the maintainer, but asked that prices be checked at several businesses; it will be necessary to have another outlet installed in the shop area to accommodate the welder. Other topics discussed included mowing of overgrown lots, ditches and dust control. 


SOUTHLAWN CEMETERY:  Carolyn Wickam asked that the sign at the east entrance to the cemetery be repaired, and that someone check the hole that's developing close to the Burchett stone. 


CITY CLERK'S REPORT:  A brief review was given on the clean-up day expenses, and it was moved by Merritt, seconded by Weeks to authorize publication of the Consumer Confidence Report.  A.V.A.M.C.


PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE:  Moved by Merritt, seconded by Rembe to approve two extension requests and to approve the shut-off list.  .V.A.M.C.


OLD BUSINESS:  There was little progress made on the abatements, with the exception noting that one house damaged during the tornado has coe down.  Also, a repayment schedule was considered for the Contingency Fund Loan.


CEMETARY STONE REPAIRS:  Moved by Merritt, seconded by Weeks to authorize Bob Reed to seal stones with total expenses to $1000.00 or less. A.V.A.M.C.


Moved by Merritt, seconded by Weeks to adopt the following:


RESOLUTION 2017-35

A RESOLUTION APPROVING LOAN AGREEMENT AND PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF TAXES TO PAY THE SAME.


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Merritt, Weeks.  Nays -- Rembe.  Absent -- Carter, Housh. Resolution failed.


Moved by Merritt, seconded by Rembe to adopt the following:


Resolution 2017-36

A RESOUTION AUTHORIZING THE PARTICIPATION IN THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SIGN REPLACEMENT PROGRAM FOR SMALL TOWNS.


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Merritt, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent -- Carter, Housh. Passed and approved this 5th day of June 2017.


Moved by Merritt, seconded by Weeks to adopt the following: 



RESOLUTION 2017-37

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING GUIDELINES FOR UTILITY DEPOSITS WHERE IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY PAYMENT HISTORY THAT THE RISK OF LOSS IS GREATER. 


Roll Call Vote as Follows:  Ayes -- Merritt, Rembe, Weeks.  Nays -- None.  Absent --Carter, Housh.  Passed and approved this 5th Day of June 2017.


LIBRARY BOARD:  Moved by Rembe, seconded by Weeks to approve the re-appointment of Carol Walther to the Library Board.  A.V.A.M.C.


CASEY'S CIGARETT PERMIT:  Moved by Rembe, seconded by Weeks to approve the renewal of the Cigarette permit through June 30., 2017.


FIREWORKS:  After a brief discussion regarding changes to the state regulations the clerk was instructed to have a draft prepared for consideration at the July 3, 2017 meeting.


CAMPING AT THE RESERVOIR:  Following the receipt of several requests to camp at the reservoir the clerk was asked to contat the insurance company regarding liability.  It was determined that until further information is available, the reservoir will be open from sunrise until 10:30 p.m. only.


Other topics discussed with no official action being taken included plans for Old Settlers, recycling issues, trees available from Alliant Energy and from the State Forester. 


ADJOURNMENT:  Moved by Weeks, seconded by Rembe to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. A.V.A.M.C.